The David F. Kelly Bioethics Lectures invites nationally and internationally prominent scholars to lecture at Duquesne University each fall and spring semester on current and emerging topics in bioethics. The purpose of the series is to provide ethics leadership on the crucial issues in health care today.
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Previous Kelly Bioethics Lectures

Moral Courage: An Unsung Resource for Optimizing Health Care Practices

Ruth B. Purtilo, PhD, FAPTA

Professor emerita, Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions, Boston

Moral courage most often is treated as a moral trait of individuals who speak up, step out or stand firm in situations that threaten moral values. But seldom do we view how it functions to help transform individual situations or alter basic institutional practices. In this lecture five "constituents of courage" that can act as guides promoting purposive action for the common good in health care settings and the role of spiritual formation as an aspect of empowerment for moral courage are presented for reflection and discussion.

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Movements and Movies in Bioethics: The use of Theater and Cinema in Teaching Bioethics

Thursday, April 18, 2013 | 1:00-2:30 p.m. | Duquesne Union, Room 613

Dr SolbakkDr. Jan Helge Solbakk

Professor of Medical Ethics and Head of Research at Centre for Medical Ethics, University of Oslo, Norway

Jan Helge Solbakk is trained as a physician and a theologian. He also holds a PhD in ancient Greek philosophy. From 1996-2011, he was also the adjunct professor of Medical Ethics at the Centre for International Health, University of Bergen. In 2007 and 2008, Solbakk served as Chief of Bioethics at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. At present, Solbakk is chair of ISSCR's Ethics and Public Policy Committee. He serves as an ethics expert for several international organizations (UNESCO, ISSCR, the European Commission, the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trial Partnership and the European Research Council). Solbakk has published extensively and is involved in several international research projects dealing with bioethics teaching, international research ethics and with the ethical implications of personalized medicine and stem cell research.

The Signs of the Times; from the Vatican II to the Birth and Development of Bioethics

Thursday, November 15, 2012 | 1:00-2:30 p.m. | 613 Union

Prof. Dr. Renzo Pegoraro

Professor of Bioethics, University of Padua

Renzo Pegoraro is Professor of Bioethics at the School for Obstetricians of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Padua.

In 1985, he graduated as doctor of medicine at the University of Padua, then studied philosophy and theology in Padua and in Rome, where he graduated with a degree in moral theology in 1990. In 1993, he became Professor of Bioethics at the Faculty of Theology of Northern Italy in Padua, and General Secretary of the Fondazione Lanza (a centre of advanced studies in ethics, bioethics and environmental ethics). Since 1998, he has been President of the Research Ethics Committee of the Medical Centre of Padua. Between 2000-2002, he was a member of the National Healthcare Council, and serves as an ethicist in several institutions. Since 2001, he has been President of the Fondazione Lanza. He was President in 2005-2007 of the European Society for Philosophy of Medicine and Health Care. In 2011, he was appointed Chancellor of the Pontifical Academy for Life in Rome.

Renzo Pegoraro has published articles in journals and books on different issues in biomedical ethics, in particular, religion and bioethics, human experimentation, organ transplantation, and elderly care.

Ethics Consultation in Medical Innovation: Face Transplantation

Thursday, April 19, 2012 | 1:00-2:30 p.m. | Power Center Ballroom

Prof. AgichGeorge J. Agich, Ph.D.

National Science Council Visiting Professor
Department of Social Medicine
National Taiwan University College of Medicine
Professor (Retired) of Philosophy
Bowling Green State University

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Medical Ethics in an Era of Bioethics

Thursday, April 28, 2011 | 1:00-2:30 p.m. | Power Center Ballroom

Edmund Pellegrino, MD

Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Medical Ethics
Center for Clinical Medical Ethics
Georgetown University Medical Center

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The Ethics of the Medically Assisted Nutrition and Hydration

Thursday, November 11, 2010 | 3:00-5:00 p.m. | Power Center Ballroom

Prof. KellyDavid Kelly

Founding Director of the Center for Healthcare Ethics

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